Fashion Week’s rampage in London meant that everyone in Somerset House and beyond were straining their necks to catch a glimpse of the coming summer trends.
I went behind the scenes at various LFW showrooms and have put together a nice little edit of what Spring Summer trends we’re looking forward to (already!) that would really do you well, both on campus and off. Don’t settle for a 2.1 or 2.2 in the style stakes next semester…reach for that first.
DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER
Jewels and embellishment instantly add a touch of glamour to any piece of clothing, the ability to transform something from simple to dazzling in just a few stitches. Jean Pierre Braganza’s SS range was made up of simple cuts and prints, and yet the gems that found themselves on his pieces instantly added a glamour-factor. Made for women who like to work hard and play hard, his designs were especially for the modern career-driven woman who labour by day and #PardyWithAD by night. Easily replicated on Mile End Campus, my suggestion would be adding an embellished blazer or glittery shoes to easily progress your outfit from lecture-worthy to Drapers-dapper. You’re welcome.
BLACK IS BEST
…is a revelation that I was quite taken-aback by when I was initially exposed to Braganza’s range, which consisted of earthen greys and dull darks. Fast-forward to my meeting with Catherine Quin, and Braganza’s few steps outside the norm of spring/summer fashion are shrugged off when I view her range – which is entirely pitch black. Completely.
Black? In the warm spring and the sweltering summer? Yes, my thoughts exactly. And yet, Quin swears by the colour. “Black is timeless,” she said when I was introduced to her. Black is “elegant, simple yet powerful, able to effortlessly create a statement”, precisely why she herself chooses to keep it as the only colour in her wardrobe. Regarding the whole ‘black absorbs heat’ problem, the LA-based designer ensures she has zero problems with the sun because the fabric she uses for her designs are light and comfortable. Her work takes into consideration the 21st century woman, achieving a merge of both the dramatic and the busy.
Bold, different, and practical? This has E1 written all over it.
GAME, SUN AND MATCH
The pleated skirts and polo shirts of Wimbledon are those that I associate with a picnic in The Hamptons (que the Lana Del Rey-esque montage) or even a walk down a Chelsea street, to bring things closer to home. We love love (see what I did there) the idea of those crisp, tidy outfits making their way from the tennis courts to the high street, and the designers certainly haven’t disappointed. Louise de Testa teamed up the sporty gear with a neon yellow tee, a definite head-turner.
Every designer I was introduced to had at least one pleated item to offer, really cementing the trend as something that will definitely give you an advantage (all clued up on tennis lingo today) over anyone who chooses to ignore it. Pleats on the high street don’t cost a lot – with stores like Dorothy Perkins and H&M sure to offer tailored pieces for prices that won’t make our consciences hurt – so you have no excuse not to.
Do it – channel that hint of glamour in ’15, and you’ll be winning in straight sets with not a racket in sight.
BACK TO THE FUTURE
With clean silhouettes and strong, tailored lines being the highlights of the runways in every show, designer Patrick Li assembled a range that was inspired by the infrastructure of buildings. A futuristic feel was definitely created by his creations, the bold block colours and pleating within it really bringing out a mathematical, geometry feel. His models were statuesque on the runway, clad in retro prints that gave a retro feel, as well as bright greens and oranges that dragged us from the eighties to the noughties. It seems that we’re really saying no to the old-fashioned ways now, turning our heads away from florals to embrace the strong. Experiment with lines in 2015 – with patterns and plain cuts and different textures, and watch that campus wardrobe go from typical to fun and ‘in’.
So there you have it! The words ‘casual’, ‘comfortable’ and ‘couture’ merge together next year to create a style experience that strips away any idea of ‘suffering for fashion’ from fashion’s manifesto. You definitely won’t want to miss the coming season – it’ll be one to watch and conquer.